Underactive Glutes and Compensatory Dysfunctions

The glutes play quite a roll in the gait cycle (walking) with every step we take yet in many they forget to switch on.      Why so? Modern lives involve a lot of sitting which holds the gluteus maximus opposing muscle group, the hip flexors (iliacus and psoas) in a shortened position, this will inhibit normal function through reciprocal inhibition (R.I.). The same is true of the inner thigh (adductor) tightness which will inhibit the smaller gluteus medius on the upper outer buttock which stabilises the pelvis while we swing the opposite leg through.

When the glutes are underactive other muscles will overwork which create have a range of unhealthy torsional forces, overuse and tightness. Common resultant issues include tight hamstrings, ITB, lower back pain, knee pain, ankle joint instability and even shoulder issues. Don’t get worried!

The remedy is to release the tight structures first, then to re-educate the firing pattern and finally to  strengthen.

For the athletes or physical workers out there, you will experience better performance and be less prone to injury with this issue addressed.

Feel free to contact me for advice or treatment.


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